Havas connects APAC offices to the cloud with SD-WAN

Havas, a global integrated marketing communications company, has made a strategic shift from IP-VPN to Aryaka’s global SD-WAN solution to accelerate IBM cloud services access and performance for their offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

Havas has operations spread across 100 countries and employs 18,600+ people. In 2015, the company moved from legacy, on-premises collaboration tools to IBM’s cloud-based productivity and social collaboration platform.  

Havas was experiencing performance issues when accessing the cloud-based platform over the Internet. The company was looking for a solution that could improve access and performance for applications and services on the Cloud, in order to enhance employee productivity in Asia-Pacific.

“Emails and file transfers were slow, while voice and video quality suffered. Latency and packet loss over the Internet were huge bottlenecks to accessing cloud applications,” said Ivan Glaser, Chief Information Officer – Asia-Pacific at Havas. The company added special emphasis on the importance of agility (organizations cannot afford to wait months for installation as in the case of MPLS deployments) and scalability (in terms of adding more bandwidth and/or sites on the global network).

Havas decided to trial Aryaka’s global SD-WAN, and started with a no-obligation Proof-of-Concept for their offices located in Beijing and Shanghai, to the IBM cloud datacenter in Amsterdam.

The company achieved the following benefits after deploying Aryaka:

  • Up to 7x faster application performance globally
  • Up to 9 Mbps peak bandwidth savings
  • 6% data reduction in remote geographies like South-East Asia
  • Deployment and installation in days, not months
  • Real-time network and application visibility
  • Fully managed service with 24×7 CCIE-level support

“We approached Aryaka to address application performance challenges we were facing in Asia-Pacific. We ran a POC from Beijing and Shanghai to Amsterdam, and were extremely happy with what we saw,” said Glaser. “We were up and running within a week, and applications performed up to seven times faster. Overall, it was a huge win for us! Aryaka’s solution is agile, scalable, cost-effective, and enables IT to support productivity needs of our global workforce.”

“The Internet is often the performance killer when global businesses migrate their mission-critical applications to the cloud,” said Ashwath Nagaraj, Aryaka’s Founder and CTO. “Aryaka’s global SD-WAN combines private network connectivity with WAN Optimization to solve this problem, delivering performance for applications migrated to the cloud.  

We are thrilled Havas was able to reap the full benefits of their IBM cloud implementation using Aryaka.”